Jordi Gomez re-signed for Wigan Athletic this season after he left the club following the Playoff semi-final defeat to QPR at Loftus Road in May 2014. He joined Premier League Sunderland and played consistently under Gus Poyet. However, following a poor run of form, Poyet was sacked and replaced by the Dutchman, Dick Advocaat.
Gomez began to fall out of favour under Advocaat and after making just five Premier League starts in the 2015/16 season, he was loaned out to Championship side Blackburn Rovers, where he went on to make 19 league appearances for the club, scoring three goals and assisting one, helping Rovers finish mid-table.
He eventually re-joined Wigan Athletic on a free transfer in August 2016, with then manager Gary Caldwell hailing his abilities as “second to none”.
Currently, Gomez has until the rest of the season to earn a new deal as his contract expires in July and although that decision may hinge on survival from relegation to the third tier, we’ll take a look at how statistically he has performed this season.
The Spaniard has made 15 appearances so far for the Tics, scoring three goals and assisting one. He also has a pass completion rate of 80.2%. He was a regular starter under the man who signed him, Gary Caldwell, however, since Warren Joyce has joined the club, his position has been under threat, due to The Tics playing a different system. This didn’t stop the midfield getting a goal and assist away to fellow strugglers, Rotherham United, however. Following Nick Powell’s season-ending injury, Gomez may well be knocking on Joyce’s door to regain his starting place.
In comparison, Max Power has played 24 league games, discounting two of those, in which he played at right-back, Power has played 20 in Midfield, making four assists, with a pass completion rate of 82.9%, however, Power has collected 8 Yellow cards in all competitions, in comparison to Gomez’s two.
Shaun MacDonald has 21 appearances in the league, scoring once, the late equaliser at Leeds United, without an assist. However, the former AFC Bournemouth man has a better passing completion rate than both Gomez and Power, with 83.2%. This is very impressive, as he plays just in front of the centre-backs. MacDonald also has collected 6 yellow cards this season.
Similarly to MacDonald, last year’s player of the season, David Perkins, also plays that role. This season, he has made 16 league appearances, discounting the three made from a full back role, that’s 13 in midfield. In this time, Perkins hasn’t managed to score but has picked up an assist. His pass completion rate is 79.9% and he has accumulated a total of 6 yellow cards this campaign.
Nick Powell however, statistically hasn’t had the best of seasons. He has made 15 league appearances, scoring once, without an assist. He has also picked up 3 yellow cards and his passing completion rate is a poor 66.6%. Although 6 of the 15 appearances were off the bench. These stats coupled with a season marred by injury top off a truly torrid season for the former Manchester United man.
At present, it seems Gomez is about average statistically in that Wigan midfield, however, with Wigan edging closer and closer to relegation has he done enough to earn himself a new contract?
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Stats taken from: Opta & eNet Pulse
Featured Image Credit: Dan Farrimond